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1  Re: Nyan Cat Cross Stitch! in Needlework: Completed Projects by modgeek on: August 17, 2012 07:17:15 PM
XenLoLo, it is awesome and so cute! I love that you used glow in the dark floss for the stars. I wish I had known about it before doing mine. If I make another one (but smaller!) I want to do it on dark blue cloth, too. And thanks for posting that pattern site! I already know I'm going to be doing some projects from it. I also used what colors I had already. The colors I had were fairly close, though.

Well, a little over a year later, it's finished!  Grin

I still have to figure out how to frame it, as I didn't leave a lot of excess cloth around the Nyan Cat. Oops. Roll Eyes It will fit in an 8"x10" frame, so I just have to get creative with matting.

I do have a pattern made up for this larger Nyan Cat and border, but have to figure out how to have it to where people can download it. Because it might be too big to just have the image posted where they can right click it to save it.

My next Nyan Cat project will be this (Just the Nyan Cat, rainbow, and the purple pixels above the cat*):

This one is a bit unusual. The Nyan Cat site is currently down, but on this page (the 404 page), the background music is Lavender Town music from Pokemon. Smiley I will definitely use glow in the dark thread instead of white on this one.

* I found out that the purple pixels are the Missing No glitch from Pokemon Red and Blue. I didn't play much Pokemon, so didn't make the connection between the pixels and Lavender Town music.
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2  Nyan Cat Cross Stitch! in Needlework: Completed Projects by modgeek on: June 23, 2011 01:57:23 PM
I discovered Nyan Cat a little over a month ago, and immediately decided I needed to make a cross stitch of it. I hadn't done a cross stitch in YEARS, so it was interesting getting back into it. I made the pattern myself (the ultra hard way by hand, not easy computer way), and used 16 count Aida cloth and 3 strands of DMC for the cat (because I wasn't sure how much to use Roll Eyes) and 2 strands for the rainbow once I figured out what I was doing.  Cheesy

You can't tell in the above picture, but there is bunching around the cross stitch and I'm not sure how to fix it.

Also, nyan cat needs your help! From the beginning, I knew I was going to frame this and not put it in a hoop. But I want to do a small border around the edge. I'm not sure if I want to do "nyan" repeated or a dark blue border with small stars like in the video.

C&C appreciated! (Especially with the border question).

And if you've never seen Nyan Cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4
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3  LED star bracelet in CHALLENGE 60 ENTRIES by modgeek on: March 07, 2011 07:43:47 PM
I made this bracelet to go with a necklace I started a several months ago. I have to still attach the battery holder to the necklace, but since I was almost done with it, I made this bracelet for the contest.
I made the bracelet using copper wire, copper colored craft wire, Swarovski star beads, blue goldstone star beads, and some blue and purple crystal beads. I also used a purple LED, some synthetic purple fabric, and a battery holder. The star is made up of a craft wire base with the LED attached to copper wire in the middle. All the wire is connected to the star ends. I whip stitched fabric around the star to cover up the wires.

LED star bracelet in its lit up glory

Not lit up, and with topstitching I removed because I thought it was messing with the LED. I might add it again.  Roll Eyes

Detail shot of beads

I had to go with a different battery holder than planned. I originally used a coin battery holder for my necklace and soldered copper wire to it a month or two ago. For some reason, the battery would not power the necklace so I decided to use it for the bracelet since I thought the distance between the battery and LED had something to do with it not working for the necklace.
I made a yo-yo around it to make it look prettier and hide the soldering.

For whatever reason, the battery holder decided at the end that it wasn't going to work for the bracelet either.  Angry So, I had to attach a bulkier AAA battery holder. It gets the job done, but isn't as pleasing to look at (or wear).

I'm still going to try to get the coin battery to work for the bracelet. I'm just not sure if the copper tape I put on one side is interfering with the flow of electricity, or if it was my soldering job.

This is my first challenge entry!  Grin And I think my first jewelry posting. (I have several projects that I haven't uploaded yet). Good luck to everyone else in the challenge!
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4  Fun felt key chains- pic heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by modgeek on: December 18, 2010 08:20:11 PM
Here are felt key chains that I made for some friends. I used scrapbook border stickers, double stick tape, and the plastic used to hold sheets to make the loops. (Scrapbook border sticker on plastic, tape on top of sticker print, more plastic, then cut around sticker).

Group shot:

Shot of loops before cut out:

Now, onto the close ups.
Random shapes with fun button:

Dino with beady eyes (haha!):

Random shapes with button and ribbon:

Owl with beady eyes (possibly my fave):

High heel with organdy ribbon bow:

Spool with vintage grosgrain ribbon:

Robot with top hat (my brother thinks it looks like a monkey, oh well):

Random shapes with odd 3-hole button:

Thanks for looking!
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5  Easy knit headband- great stashbuster or last minute gift in Knitting: Completed Projects by modgeek on: December 18, 2010 07:22:30 PM
I'm still relatively new to knitting, as until last week the last time I knitted was 2 years ago! I decided to get crazy and try knitting in the round (for the first time) and also try new stitches. For the life of me, I fumbled doing a purl stitch 2 years ago and now it's super easy.  Cheesy I tested out the simple basketweave stitch and decided to make myself a headband for fall/winter. Yesterday I made one for my mom and am going to make a few more for gifts.

Here's a side by side comparison. Mine is the purple one made with Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn in orchid. (I made it long enough to fit my big head. Plus, the acrylic yarn doesn't stretch as much as wool). The multicolored one is for my mom and made with Patons Classic Wool yarn in harvest.

Close up of shiny acrylic yarn and basketweave stitch:

Close up of wool yarn colors and basketweave stitch:

Here's the pattern for the headbands:
*I used size 7 needles for these. They're 16 stitches wide which was about 3" for the wool headband and 3.25" for the acrylic headband.
Cast on 16sts.
Row 1: knit
Rows 2-6: K4, p4, k4, p4
Row 7: knit
Rows 8-12: P4, k4p4k4
Rep Rows 1-12 until desired length. (I would recommend periodically measuring your piece while stretching it since some fibers are stretchier than others. Make sure to dry block it back into shape before continuing stitching).
*For my acrylic yarn (and big head) I repeated 12 times to make 24 "blocks" of basketweave. For the wool yarn, I repeated 10 times and then repeated rows 1-6 to make 23 "blocks." Even though I made only 1 "block" less for the wool headband, it is much shorter than the acrylic headband and stretches almost as much.
Last row: knit
Cast off.
Weave excess yarn at both ends into piece.
Stitch both ends together.

They have a cool texture without doing cables (which I want to tackle but they seem a little scary). Plus they knit up fast and are super easy, as long as you keep track of what row you're on.

Happy knitting and Happy Holidays! Smiley
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6  Cheery ribbon flower bouquet (Pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by modgeek on: April 04, 2010 11:22:43 PM

(Please excuse my laptop cord. For whatever reason, my laptop seemed an ideal spot to photograph this. Cheesy)
Also, I wasn't exactly sure where to post this, and thought this would be the best fit.

A few weeks ago, a close family friend's oldest daughter died unexpectedly and it really affected her. I was away at college (like most events that have happened), but my mom was there for her and made her some items using photos of her daughter. I wanted to do something for her to cheer her up, but didn't have any ideas. I was looking through my books, and found a ribbon book reprinted from the '20s and remembered that it had flowers in it and thought of making her a cheery spring bouquet. She likes to garden (and does it everyday, even during humid summers) and is going to make a memorial garden for her daughter. My mom's going to give her the flowers this week, since I'm going back to college.

Anywho, I made the pink roses using 1.5" wide satin ribbon. I made the roses using the instructions in the book "Old Fashioned Ribbon Art: Ideas and Designs for Accessories and Decorations.". For me, each one took about 1 hour from start to finish.

The orange flowers have the look of marigolds and I kind of made their construction up. They're just gathered, spiraled, and stitched together.

The yellow flowers were inspired by evening primroses. (I also made this design up). I used 2 pieces of 5/8" wide ribbon about 4-5 inches long for each flower and knotted the ribbon twice in the middle and formed petals by stitching the ribbon together.

For the stems, I just used pipe cleaners. They were easy to attach to the yellow flowers, but I had to use about 3 for each rose to stabilize them. I sewed them on to the orange flowers. I stuck the flowers in a Styrofoam base and put gift shred on top for the grass. I did wrap a pipe cleaner around the flowers to stabilize them more, and had to add a pretty ribbon because they were still wanting to fall over.

C & C appreciated! (Please be nice though, it's my first project post! I've been meaning to post something for a while, but decided to do this before hitting the books again. Sad)
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